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n.1.(Mil.) A countersign; a watchword.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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"J'ai force la consigne," she said, walking in with rapid steps and breathing hard with excitement and rapid exercise.
Metivier, who came in the morning with his felicitations, considered it proper in his quality of doctor de forcer la consigne,* as he told Princess Mary, and went in to see the prince.
"If that is the case, we will force the consigne, Monsieur le Vicomte.